Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) Adds 10 New Partners, 29 In Total Now
Ripple Partners With 10 Universities
One of the biggest steps that need to be taken for proper blockchain adoption is education. In the last year, several institutions such as New York University and the University of Tokyo have offered blockchain courses for students.
Now, Ripple is going a step further by partnering with 10 Universities around the world to promote blockchain education. The universities in question are Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Morgan State, Kansas, Michigan, and Northeastern universities in the U.S., and the National University of Singapore and the University of São Paulo and the initiative being launched is the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI).
Details About The Initiative
This initiative will see Ripple provide the schools with resources and assistance in developing the blockchain ecosystem. This brings the total number of Universities in the initiative to 29.
The funding provided will help in creating new courses, launching of scholarships and giving awards to encourage blockchain innovation among students. This also gives them access to a thriving job market as LinkedIn announced in 2018 that Blockchain developer was one of their most in-demand professions.
“We launched UBRI back in June of 2018 to provide support for 17 different universities around the world to help progress their study of blockchain technology, cryptography, digital assets, and fintech. We’ve added 11 new universities this time around and now have 29 schools involved with the program. Expanding the ecosystem to a more global, diversified network of UBRI partners will only continue to enrich these projects,” said Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of Global Operations at Ripple.
Progress So Far
Even though the program has been in existence for only about a year, there has been a lot of progress made. In the University of California, Berkeley, there have been a number of collaborations down between departments, as well as some student-backed activities like the upcoming UI/UX hackathon.
“We are excited by the momentum that the Ripple UBRI Partnership has fostered at Berkeley Haas and throughout U.C. Berkeley in the development of blockchain, digital payments and cryptocurrency-related research and innovation said Tyson. In December, we awarded the first round of Ripple-funded faculty and student blockchain, digital payments and cryptocurrency-focused research grants. Also, we are sponsoring numerous student-led activities this semester, including partnering with Blockchain at Berkeley to host a blockchain/fintech industry Spring speaker series at Haas,” said Laura Tyson, the Faculty Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.
Hopefully, the newest additions to the initiative will see similar levels of success